I’ve updated my website to ensure you can now find everything you need to know about booking a school visit – including fees and content – in one place.
Told by a careers advisor that girls like me don’t become writers, my school visits focus on encouraging others to smash stereotypes and defy the limits put on them by adopting a BMX mindset. An Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Met University, Outreach Tutor for The Portico Library and Writer in Residence at Writing on the Wall, I have extensive experience of delivering both virtual and in-person events to children and adults.
With two years to go until the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships take place in Glasgow and across Scotland, I’m super excited to help mark the countdown, alongside two-time Olympic gold-medallist and Track Cycling World Champion Katie Archibald, with a free event hosted by Glasgow Life’s Aye Write and Wee Write book festivals.
My event, pitched at children 7+ will be available to watch from 10am on Monday 6 September until 10am on Monday 18 October 2021. You’ll find full details here but I’ve also pasted the blurb below!
As part of the celebrations over 2000 copies of Princess BMX will be given away for free and distributed throughout Glasgow Life’s libraries across the city. Books can be picked up from Monday 6 September from any open library.
But if you don’t live in Glasgow there’s good news for you too as Princess BMX will be back in stores very soon and I’ll be offering some free virtual Q and A sessions to schools along with the opportunity for children to buy signed books. More details soon!
#BeMoreBMX with Marie Basting
Join Marie Basting, author of Princess BMX, in her quest to find the extreme sporting hero within all of us.
With their resilience and team spirit, there is so much we can learn from BMXers. Marie talks about her own childhood and the limits others tried to put on her. She will talk about how she came to write a book about a BMXing princess and why adopting an extreme sporting mindset is the key to achieving your ambitions.
Also get a chance to create your very own upside-down fairy-tale adventure, and lots of laughs, learn all about this world of bikes and radical adventures while discovering why you too need to #BeMoreBMX!!
Excitement is rising in Camden and the magical Kingdom of Biscotti. I mean, like, oh my curly candy, it’s just one month exactly until Princess BMX makes her debut and shares her story with the world.
Over the coming weeks, I’ll be telling you more about the inspiration behind the book and some of the characters that join Princess BMX on her adventures.
But first meet Ava, a radical new princess who splits her time between the skateparks of Camden, London and her home in the magical kingdom of Biscotti.
Trust her the fairy tales have it so wrong. Dingy towers and wicked step-mums are the least of this feisty princess’s worries: it’s the boredom that will kill her. A complete failure when it comes to meeting those princess expectations, Ava can’t seem to do anything right. Honestly, apart from the endless supply of cupcakes, being a princess is so rubbish, she used to think about locking herself in a tower and throwing away the key.
Thank the good goblin she discovered the potato sack. Because if she hadn’t been sliding down the stairs in a potato sack, she’d never have discovered BMX. And if it wasn’t for BMX, nothing would have changed …
If you’d like to know more about Ava’s boring old princess life in the magical Kingdom of Biscotti, you can read the first chapter of Princess BMX here. And if you’d like to learn more about Flavia Sorrentino, the fantastic illustrator who brought Ava to life, click here.
PRINCESS BMX is Enchanted meets BMX! A funny debut for ages 7+ that brings the fairy tale bang up to date – get ready for some extreme adventurous fun!
I recently went along to the opening round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Manchester. Watching these world-class BMXers compete on my home ground was a real privilege. Such fun too. And seeing the athletes up close got me thinking again about how much we can learn from them. Here’s why we all need to be more like BMXers.
As an extreme sport, BMX racing obviously comes with its risks. The riders train hard in order to mitigate this, but they don’t let worrying about what can go wrong stop them.
I can’t imagine how the women waiting in the starting gate felt watching Saya Sakakibara lying flat on the floor unconscious after she came down in the first semi-final. Sure, they’ve seen this kind of thing before, but it had to be pretty off-putting watching her being stretchered off by the medics. Yet somehow they retained their focus. The buzzer sounded, the barrier crashed to the floor like a guillotine and they went for it.
They are no different from any of us who want to succeed. You have to put yourself out there and accept that failure might hurt – though for BMXers the pain can be physical as well as mental.
Saya will ride again. She may have had to sit out round two of the world championships, but she’s already talking about getting back on her bike. You don’t get to be five times world champion without an element of resilience. That’s the thing with BMXers, they keep trying. As the commentator repeatedly said, those who had not had a great day would refocus and be back on their bikes again in heat two. They’d cut their losses and get straight back in the saddle, hoping for better luck tomorrow.
Getting that Lucky
Because as much as BMX is about blood, sweat and tears, there’s also an element of luck involved, as Kye Whyte demonstrated when he crashed out of the semi finals, despite achieving the fastest time in the heats. Less than half an hour later, he was smiling again, supporting his team mates and signing autographs. A day later, he stormed the round two finals and took his first-ever world cup title.
Want to Know More?
Why we all need to be more like BMXers is one of the key themes of my schools and festival author talks. Linked to my own writing journey, this fun, interactive presentation focuses on the similarities between writers and BMXers, encouraging everyone to find the extreme sporting hero within.